Sparrow Italia is a modern Italian restaurant that takes inspiration from the country's coastal regions. Created by chef AJ McCloud, Sparrow Italia has already been phenomenally successful in Los Angeles, and McCloud is now bringing the concept to Mayfair, taking over a large, spacious site near Bond Street. This five-storey dining room has a ground floor lounge and bar, a terrace dining room on the first floor, a parlour dining room on the second, and a relaxed cigar lounge on the third floor.
On entering the restaurant, guests can expect cool interiors, with pops of emerald and blue amid marble walls and tiles with wooden insets. Spotlights and chandeliers create an ambience that is both moody and glamorous. You can also expect hints of greenery throughout the restaurant and a hint of LA's signature trendiness.
Executive chef McCloud has developed an expansive menu that consists of comforting, familiar Italian and Mediterranean classics, albeit with some of McCloud's own creative twists. There's a selection of fresh pasta dishes, wood-fired traditional pizzas as well as high-quality meat dishes such as a premium Wagyu ribeye steak paired with a punchy peppercorn jus.
This creative menu exudes bold flavours and fresh, seasonal ingredients. Menu highlights include the starter of American Wagyu braised meatballs with a grilled sourdough; and the pasta course of bone marrow agnolotti that has a horseradish reduction to cut through the richness of the dish. Wagyu beef returns in a playful pizza of beef sausage and Calabrian peppers, while premium ingredients continue into the final section of the menu with a lobster al forno.
Desserts riff on familiar classics, and the food offering is complemented by a selection of unique signature cocktails, as well as a broad European wine list.